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The Chair position is launched with a total of $625,000 by a collaborative partnership with the Manitoba government, the co-op sector and UWinnipeg
"Democracy 24/7 : Living & Working Coop" talks to some great people who are members of both worker and housing cooperatives; jobs and housing that is owned and democratically run by the people who work/live there.
Beverly Bell interviews Leslie Thatcher, content relations editor at Truthout, one of a number of independent, non-commercial news sites that offer an alternative to corporate-controlled media. Independent media is critical to keeping citizens informed and motivated defenders of democracy.
In Richmond, California city officials have recently pinned their hopes on co-ops as a key strategy for shifting the local economy and stemming social problems. They believe co-ops can create more, better jobs and stimulate spending at other local businesses.
The US government's success in boosting rural economies through cooperative development is a largely forgotten story that couldn't be more relevant today. 80% now lives in urban areas. Why not government supported development of co-operatives in the cities?
Regulation and reform might eventually manifest a kinder, gentler capitalism. But, what if instead, we came together to build an economy entirely different from the one we know now?
When the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) concluded last week, some of the overwhelming success stories came both from developing and developed countries, including India, Brazil, China, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Italy, France and the United States.

THis is a fascinating interview of just over an hour with Gar. It offers a good overview of the importance of economic democracy.

With our session on the Non-Profit Industrial Complex coming up, this essay was especially refreshing. A member of the non-profit industrial complex talks candidly and cuttingly about the philanthropic foundations, particularly those on "the left".

Social Enterprise Dining Map Goes Global, Lists 300 Eateries

Support social enterprise by eating at one!

The Social Enterprise Dining Map has now grown to 300 restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, ice cream stores and catering services in eight countries on three continents. The latest batch of additions came from the Kibble Education and Care Centre (specifically Ruth Alcorn and Andrea Aitken) of Scotland; they posted more than 100 new eateries located in England, Scotland, Holland, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong.

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